The CAWS has already posted scads of montages....and these should be the last of that genre. Genre....montage...collage....how many French words we use in the English language every day. Had an omelette for breakfast, a baguette for lunch, a croissant with coffee. Almost everything about an airplane is French....aviator to begin with....fuselage, empennage, aileron, canard (forward horizontal stabilizer as on my homebuilt). Enough wandering here! Montages were around when I produced illustrations for our high school year book in my junior year (they were not good!). Those yearly epic productions always included photo montages of students hamming it up at sports events, rallies, dances, or even posing for local ads. For some reason on the west coast, montages became a 60's and 70's fad once again....and I certainly contributed my share. I don't think eastern illustrators in the same years experienced the trend to the same degree.
First (and at great professional risk!), I'll post three high school year book illustrations. Montages, way back then, done in some kind of pencil technique on Strathmore drawing paper....at age 16.
I was art editor for the 1939 Owl that year.
The main purpose of these scans is to demonstrate to all young artists to hang in....there is hope!
Then a group of brochure illustrations for State Fund.
As said before, the type of services and business that State Fund represented led to brochures, and to portraying the diverse occupations covered by accident insurance.
These were done in Charcoal pencil, reproduced in one or two colors.
Following, three nibbed pen illustrations with added color, printed on colored stock. They were for Medi Fund, a medical equipment leasing company.
Montages again....that got a bit carried away, as I see them today. Done in the 70's, no doubt pushed for time and from trying to look mod or cool!
As said the restless late 60's and early 70's environment encouraged new styles and a new look in advertising. Not just advertising....it really affected the entire culture.
Finally, a pamphlet for a very small client....a rather simple montage.
For a historical cemetery being newly restored, plus buildings added, a couple of charcoal pencil drawings reproduced in two colors. Again I owe thanks to P&H design/layout guys for their essential roles in these.
Obviously, I used the Charcoal pencil technique often in those years....and still think it effective. This week should pretty much do it for montages.
* Charlie Allen's Flickr set